# Basic Chord Theory IV

author: CPDmusic date: 08/17/2010 category: chords
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Intro: Hello, and welcome to the fourth and final instalment of the Basic Chord Theory series. In part four, we will wrap up by looking at suspended chords, as well as learning the basics of chord inversions. Enjoy! Suspended Chords: The first thing we will look at today is suspended chords. To start, there are two main types of suspended chords, a suspended second chord, and a suspended fourth chord. Both these types of chords alter the base chord slightly. To get more insight on suspended chords, it's probably best to look at some example, which is what we will do! The Suspended Second Chord: Lets start off with the suspended second chord. Like all the other chords we have learned, this chord can be expressed in a numerical sequence: 1 2 5 So, lets use this sequence to construct a Csus2 chord, starting on C:
E||-------||
B||-------||
G||-------||
D||-------||
A||--3----||
E||-------||
Next, we would add the second note of the C major scale, being D:
E||-------||
B||-------||
G||-------||
D||--0----||
A||--3----||
E||-------||
And then finally, we would add the fifth note of the C major, G:
E||-------||
B||-------||
G||--0----||
D||--0----||
A||--3----||
E||-------||
And that's a Csus2! Now as you know, you can change around the order of the notes and get the same chord, so why don't you experiment with that. For example, I play my Csus2 many ways, one being C D C D G, which is played like this:
E||--3----||
B||--3----||
G||--5----||
D||--0----||
A||--3----||
E||-------||
Play it however you feel comfortable. We will discuss this chord more later. I think it would be helpful if we also new the suspended fourth chord, so we can reflect on suspended chords in their entirety. The Suspended Fourth: The suspended fourth is very similar to the suspended second. It follows this pattern: 1 4 5 So, lets now construct a Csus4, starting with C:
E||-------||
B||-------||
G||-------||
D||-------||
A||--3----||
E||-------||
Next, we would add the fourth note of the C major scale, F:
E||-------||
B||-------||
G||-------||
D||--3----||
A||--3----||
E||-------||
And finally, the fifth note of the C major, G:
E||-------||
B||-------||
G||--0----||
D||--3----||
A||--3----||
E||-------||
So, there is your basic Csus4! Once again, try experimenting with different ordering. Luckily, the Csus4 is a pretty versatile chord, so you could simply just play it C F G C F, and get this:
E||--1----||
B||--1----||
G||--0----||
D||--3----||
A||--3----||
E||-------||